The Undergraduate Sustainability Scholars Program, for which we'll be accepting applications from sophomores in January 2013, is an ideal opportunity for undergraduate students with a passion for sustainability to tailor their upper-divisions years accordingly. Students apply and are admitted to this competitive program during the second semester of their sophomore year. The program requires 11 credit hours (as outlined below):
- PREPARATION: Sustainability Scholars Interdisciplinary Thinking Seminar - must be taken during the first semester of junior year (1 credit)
- CAMPUS PROJECT COURSE: Sustainability & the Campus-ENVIRON/RCIDIV 391 (3 credits)
- ELECTIVE COURSE: From a list of approved courses (3 credits, click here for list)
- SUSTAINABILITY SCHOLARS LEADERSHIP SEMINAR: Taken duringthe fall of senior year (1 credit)
- GRAHAM-SUPPORTED, FIELD-BASED COURSE OR APPROPRIATE ALTERNATIVE:
- Sustainable Neighborhoods: Experiential Learning & Active Engagement in Detroit (last offered Winter Term 2012, with two weeks in the City of Detroit in May 2012)
- Conservation & Development in Cultural Landscapes: Fieldwork in Kenya (last offered Winter Term 2012, field component in May 2012). NOTE: Students accepted into this competitive class have all travel expenses covered regardless of whether or not they are part of the Sustainability Scholars Program.
- Alternative & Fossil Energy: Options & Consequences (Last offered in Spring 2012, June 4-24, 2012)
- Toward a Sustainable Environment in Light of the Changing Face of Rural (& Urban) China, an intensive, three-credit, undergraduate sustainability course (last offered Winter Term 2012, with field studies in Beijing, China in May 2012).
- Sustainable Development in Latin America (las offered in Costa Rica, Winter Term 2012,with site visits to a Free Trade Zone Co., a coffee plantation, and various ecotourism locations in. April and May 2012.)
Sustainability Scholars are eligible for a scholarship (administered as a financial credit in the student's account) of up to $3,000. This scholarship can be applied to course fees or related direct expenses (e.g. travel, food, and lodging) for one or more of the approved courses above (more options pending). Or, Scholars may follow the appropriate process (outlined here) to petition the Education Director to apply this scholarship and fulfill this requirement through an alternative off-site, field-based experience.
So, if you are a high performing undergraduate student with an interest in sustainability, then be sure to apply for this unique program during the second semester of your sophomore year.
The application deadline was January 25, 2013. (We had a record number of applicants this year!) Please watch for an ONLINE APPLICATION to be posted here for the next academic year.